Briefing

SOPORE

MLA-SoporeWas it fall from grace or a graceful fall? Well, netizens don’t seem to leave anything for imagination these days. So when the Congressman was voyaging on those flooded waters to reach to deluged families in Sopore, his boat capsized. Turbulent waters, they say, weren’t pleased to provide a safe passage to Sopore MLA, Haji Rashid. But then many say: the man visiting flood-hit areas in his constituency should have been spared from such mishap. But the moment internet imagination peaked up, some unrelated dots did join: Wasn’t his larger boat already capsized? Is anybody saying Congress!

POONCH

hands-in-handcuffCops never fail to sniff something ‘scandalous’. And if that ‘scandalous’ is presumed to link with something ‘seditious’, then know something: You are protected under surveillance radars! When something like this figured on cops’ radar from Poonch, a man quickly found himself behind the bars. By the time the news was out, it became clear: the man was carrying a Pakistani SIM card! A much-touted tip-off was followed in this case to track Mohammad Rashid of Shahpur, Poonch. What followed further was a routine policing: A case has been registered and further investigations taken up. Some quick lessons to learn though: Some SIMs are seriously spooky!

GUPKAR

How he loved to quote Charles Dickens once when his ‘party of plough’ almost lost its venom in poll battle. And now, amid relentless rains, ‘resurgent’ Omar Abdullah has a new job up his sleeve: Tourism promotion. One wonders – what’s Mufti Muhammad Sayeed up to? Has he surrendered his tourism portfolio to the former top executive? Speculations apart, here is MLA Beerwah steering ‘drenched’ tourism on his twitter handle these days. He sounds like Naeem Akhtar, when he tells tourists: The worst is over! And, apparently in an attempt to twitterise Mufti’s portfolio, the third generation Abdullah is too excited to request tourists: Please come visit Kashmir in the spring. With forecasting skies still clouding spring in valley, one is but forced to believe: Omar’s ‘dopamine’ tourism tweets are simply travesty!

CHENNAI

Kashmir -born young singer has crooned three numbers for AR Rahman in Mani Ratnam’s Oh Kadhal Kanmani. With the release of the audio, Shashaa Tirupati’s joys knew no bounds. Born in Kashmir and spent some of her childhood in Canada, this excited 27-year-old was spotted by the Oscar-winning music composer at Coke Studio sometimes ago. At that time, she didn’t know if it was a compliment or not. Six months later, when she got a call from Rahman’s Chennai studio, she knew it was. She sang ‘Vaada Vaada’ from Kochadaiiyaan at that time. And followed it up with the ‘Aye Mr Minor’ number in Kaaviya Thalaivan. So, let the music play!

HAZRATBAL

University-of-KashmirBefore you call it ‘engineered’ protest, just heed it: Amid flood woes, KU bragged to conduct smooth exams. But the varsity ended up irking hundreds of engineering students, who staged a massive protest against three hours delay in their exams at SSM College Parihaspora Pattan. But before chinks would have exposed in KU’s examination machinery, engineering students took their seats before the scheduled time. But despite waiting for hours, no question papers were given to them. And then, all hell broke loose when they charged out of classrooms and protested. Sensing storm, KU played safe, like always. Blame was swiftly shifted on SSM’s failure to own a single Fax Machine. Just an ‘obsolete’ excuse, is it?

TANGMARG

Encounter-at-Tangmarg-areaSo here is what happened: A tip-off, Army plus SOG swung into action, two trapped militants and an encounter. The calm of picturesque Tangmarg derailed the moment gunshots rang in the area early Thursday. By the time guns fell silent, one SOG and an army man were killed. And, two militants managed to escape in to the woods. This happened to be the first encounter in Valley during Mufti’s second stint as state chief minister. Now, a flash, making rounds in the town is: Regime ‘change’ and silent guns – a “mismatch”!

Government of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) has banned 63 organizations under the National Action Plan.

 

 

25 truckloads leaving for Muzaffarabad got stranded after relentless rains triggered landslides near Kaman Aman Setu bridge.

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